"A Portal of Hope" is a perfect anthem for the progressive worship community. It was commissioned by the Westminster Presbyterian Church (Portland, OR) to be sung in 2014 at the worship service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the completion of the church edifice. This diverse congregation comes from "a wide range of perspectives, celebrating our unique gifts and finding unity in faith. Our doors are open to all. As a progressive community of believers, we welcome people of every age, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity to worship with us." ( WPC web site)
This setting of texts adapted from Sufi poet, Rumi, reflects how spiritual loneliness may be met with the exuberant embrace of acceptance— and of "beginning again" on the path of spiritual enlightenment.
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